NYT Report Says John Kelly Can’t Stop Trump From ‘Binge-Watching Fox News’

New York Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush have another big report on what’s going on inside the White House tonight, this one focused on the relationship between President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

And based on the Times report, Trump has been fuming at Kelly on at least once occasion:

President Trump was in an especially ornery mood after staff members gently suggested he refrain from injecting politics into day-to-day issues of governing after last month’s raucous rally in Arizona, and he responded by lashing out at the most senior aide in his presence.

It happened to be his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly.

Mr. Kelly, the former Marine general brought in five weeks ago as the successor to Reince Priebus, reacted calmly, but he later told other White House staff members that he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country. In the future, he said, he would not abide such treatment, according to three people familiar with the exchange.

Kelly is fully aware of the President’s sensitivities “about being managed,” but is still doing what he can to bring order to the White House.

Part of that includes the information Trump receives from news outlets. There’s been previous reporting about Kelly limiting what information Trump received, and the Times report highlights examples:

Mr. Trump does not have a web browser on his phone, and does not use a laptop, so he was dependent on aides like Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist, to hand-deliver printouts of articles from conservative media outlets.

Now Mr. Kelly has thinned out his package of printouts so much that Mr. Trump plaintively asked a friend recently where The Daily Caller and Breitbart were.

However, that is preceded by this sentence: “Mr. Kelly cannot stop Mr. Trump from binge-watching Fox News, which aides describe as the president’s primary source of information gathering.”

You can read the full Times report here.

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